Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

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In Abby's world, magic isn't anything special: it's a part of everyday life. So when Abby is discovered to have zero magical abilities, she's branded an Ord-ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.The outlook for an ord isn't bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ords are impervious to spells and enchantments) Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a special school for kids who must learn how to get around in the world without magic. But with kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby's biggest problem may not be what she's going to do with her life - it's whether she's going to survive the school year.

About Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

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CAITLEN RUBINO-BRADWAY is also the author of the adult novel Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, which she wrote with her mother. This is her first book for younger readers.Author location: New York, NY
Published May 8, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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When 12-year-old Abby Hale passes through the archway of the “Barrier of Fortitude” on the day of her Judging, nothing happens.

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Having grown up in a world in which magic is used for everything—from whipping up breakfast to traveling (via flying carpet)—12-year-old Abby is distraught after she is declared an “ord,” entirely devoid of magic.

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Instead of someone being different because they are magical, Abby Hale becomes an outcast when she learns she has no magical powers – an ord.

Aug 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Magic


And Ordinary Magic has witchy goodness with a twist – everyone has magical powers, except for Abby, the main character.

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With the social stigmatization of being diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, Abby's family is encouraged to toss Abby out like trash or sell her like property.

May 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Magic

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